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Editor’s Note — Harry Reid is smarter than the Founding Fathers

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  Thomas Jefferson. James Madison. Benjamin Franklin. Now add Harry Reid to that list. That’s the message I took away from Reid’s utilization of the so-called “nuclear option,” the elimination of the filibuster and a two-thirds majority necessary in the Senate for the approval of most presidential nominees and cabinet…

Reader’s Forum 11-27-13

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  Sen. Curtis touts GA accomplishments   Since the legislature adjured several months ago, I have had time to reflect on my first session in the North Carolina General Assembly. I campaigned as a Republican who would work to apply conservative economic principles to help our economy. We had an…

Our View — Don’t let your neighbors go hungry

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  Remember the hungry during this holiday season. Poverty and hunger should always be on our minds, but the holiday season, now personified by consumerism, commercialism, gluttony and excess for the masses — rather than the spirit of community and gratefulness for the blessings we’ve been given, with Thanksgiving, and…

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  Leaves, leaves everywhere I live on a tree lined street in the City of Lincolnton. The trees outlining our lot provide a wonderful shade in the July and August sun, a welcome relief. Fall arrives in October and November, bringing the leaves to the ground. They fall and fall…

Our View: Making animal shelter ‘no-kill’ the right move

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The Board of Commissioners did the right thing when they voted to adopt a “no-kill” philosophy at the Lincoln County animal shelter. The five-member Republican board unanimously voted to support an attitude that’s in line with what most people believe — that adoptable animals in shelters should be given to…

Reader’s Forum — 11-22-13

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Thanks to Democrats The Democratic candidates for the Lincolnton City Council are to be commended for the way in which they conducted their campaign. They ran on their record and what a stellar record they both have in solid commitment and service to others. Thank you, Dr. Martin Eaddy and…

Thanksgiving dinner brings them home

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist I’m getting ready for Thanksgiving. A turkey in the freezer is waiting to be thawed, roasted and ready for its place on my kitchen table. I’ve alerted the family and friends that we will eat at noon and there will be food and leftovers for all…

EDITOR’S NOTE — My insurance cancellation letter

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MICHAEL GEBELEIN Managing Editor I received my Blue Cross & Blue Shield cancellation letter a few weeks ago. The problem with the plan my wife and I purchased for our family is the same many Americans are facing — under the new standards created by the Affordable Care Act, our…

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  Thanks for recognizing veterans   I would like to thank the staff and students of Lincoln Charter School West campus for the honor they showed to the veterans at the Veteran’s Breakfast. Your kindness shown to all veterans will never be forgotten. I was asked what age I was…

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  Veterans Day Parade   In response to Ms. Helms letter: I do appreciate the concern about the traffic during the parade. As one of the organizers, that side of the parade fell through the cracks and has already been addressed and the problem will be fixed next year. I…